Cleanse Your Hands, Confidence, Ephesians 1:12-14, Following Jesus, James 4:5-8, Perseverance, Purify Your Hearts, Romans 8:28-29, Romans 8:35-37, Spiritual Warfare, The Word, Trials, Truth, Zechariah 4:6
Bible Ballistics: BBs #437 Clean And Pure! Really???
We talked last time about Jesus—the real “Valentine”—The One who loves us and gave Himself for our salvation. But how are we to live this life of faith—the life of a child of God. Well there’s only One way to have a clean and pure walk with God, and that’ to walk with HIM, by the power of His Spirit.
“Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying,
Not by might,
nor by power,
but by my spirit,
saith the LORD of hosts.” Zechariah 4:6
Only by God’s power can we succeed in any part of life, and He has given His Holy Spirit to dwell within each one whom He saves.
“That we should be to the praise of his glory,
who first trusted in Christ.
13 In whom ye also trusted,
after that ye heard the word of truth,
the gospel of your salvation:
in whom also after that ye believed,
ye were sealed with that holy Spirit
14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance
until the redemption
of the purchased possession,
unto the praise
of his glory.” Ephesians 1:12-14
Praise God it is HIS power not our own! As I’m was sitting here writing this—an interruption came! An interruption that has attempted to steal my joy and the power of HIS Spirit in me; an attempt to get my heart and mind off of my Lord and onto the works of my flesh—anger and frustration that take our minds off of HIM and onto ‘me’! But thanks to God’s gentle reminder, I am His and “this too shall pass”, and it’s: “Not by might,
nor by power,
but by my spirit,
saith the LORD of hosts”!
Talk about an ‘object lesson’ right in the middle of this post—God is so good—and He brought this very verse that I was about to write, right into my heart and mind for real!
“Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain,
The spirit that dwelleth in us
lusteth to envy?
6 But he giveth more grace.
Wherefore he saith,
God resisteth the proud,
but giveth grace unto the humble.
7 Submit yourselves therefore to God.
Resist the devil,
and he will flee from you.
8 Draw nigh to God,
and he will draw nigh to you.
Cleanse your hands,
and purify your hearts,
ye double minded.” James 4:5-8
Lord, I thank you that YOU remind me when my heart and mind start being distracted and get dirty by the interruptions of the world. Help me to “Cleanse” my hands and to “purify” my heart when the enemy tries to distract me from my calling!!! I’m so grateful that you are ever with us, working to make us more like our Master, our Lord and Savior, Jesus!!! May Jesus be praised in us always—and that can only happen when we yield to Your Spirit who is working within us 24/7! Amen and Amen. May you let God reveal your distractions to you today too!
“And we know that
work together for good
to them that love God,
to them who are the called
according to his purpose.
29 For whom he did foreknow,
he also did predestinate
to be conformed to the image of his Son,
that he might be the firstborn
among many brethren….
35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?
36 As it is written,
For thy sake
we are killed
all the day long;
we are accounted as sheep
for the slaughter.
in all these things
we are more than conquerors
through him that loved us.” Romans 8:28-29 & 35-37
Amen and Amen!!!